Highlights/Africa

Politics, Society

Canada’s African peacekeeping mission options

Stay away from Mali and be transparent about the risks. That’s the advice Stephen Saideman would give to Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan as he weighs his options for a yet-to-be-announced peacekeeping mission in Africa. “I’d warn him off Mali,”» 

International, Politics, Society

Conservatives challenge Trudeau on Africa peacekeeping mission

A plan by the Liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to deploy Canadian peacekeepers on a yet-to-be-disclosed peacekeeping mission somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa drew heavy fire from the opposition Conservatives as Parliament resumed Monday. The conflicts in sub-Saharan Africa» 

International, Society

People with albinism murdered, dismembered in Africa

Many people with albinism in sub-Saharan Africa are living in terror. Since November 2014, at least 18 of them have been killed and at least five are missing in Malawi alone. A Canadian group is planning a campaign to counter the» 

International, Society

Almost 1M African children need urgent malnutrition treatment: UNICEF

Almost one million children in Eastern and Southern Africa need urgent treatment for the most severe forms of malnutrition, UNICEF said Wednesday. “It’s a pretty calamitous combination of what’s really been erratic rainfall for a couple of years and drought, and» 

International, Society

Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin settles corruption case

SNC-Lavalin settled a corruption case brought against it by the African Development Bank Group by agreeing to $1.5 million and accept certain undisclosed conditions. Illicit payments not denied The regional development bank said former employees of the large, Canadian engineering» 

Environment, International, Internet, Science and Technology

Predators, prey, and the mathematics of nature

Science has long presumed, and taught, that when the numbers of prey increase, the number of predators increase in a linear relationship. New research says that’s not actually the case at all, that a doubling of prey does not result» 

Economy, Health, International, Society

Mathematics, networks and the spread of HIV in Africa

An economics professor in Ottawa has studied the spread of Aids in Africa from a new perspective. Roland Pongou saw first hand the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS in his native Cameroon. He is now with the Faculty of Social Sciences at» 

Economy, Environment, Politics, Society

North-South Institute holds international conference on governing Africa’s natural resources

This Thursday and Friday (May 9-10) Canada’s North South Institute is hosting an international forum titled Governing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development. The Institute, which focuses on international development around the world, has invited senior Canadian and African policymakers and» 

Environment, International

African parasitic disease tackled by Alberta researcher

Its called schistosomiosis and it affects more than 200 million people worlwide. It’s common in Asia and South America, but most cases are in sub-Saharan Africa. It’s a chronic disease, in which a small parasite enters the skin and develops» 

Environment

UN regrets Canada’s withdrawal from drought convention

The United Nations has reacted to the decision by the Harper government to pull out of the Convention to Combat Desertification by calling it “regrettable.” On Thursday, foreign Affairs Minister John Baird called the entire process a “talkfest” that does»